Today in History: Nov. 6

John Philip Sousa was born on this date in 1854, which is as good a reason to post “The Liberty Bell” march as any:

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Presidents of the United States elected on November 6: Abraham Lincoln (1860), Benjamin Harrison (1888), William McKinley (1900), Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt (1940), Dwight Eisenhower (1956), Ronald Reagan (1984), Barack Obama (2012).

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On this date in 1945, a pilot landed a jet—under jet power—for the first time on an aircraft carrier. It was a Ryan FR Fireball, a VF-41 model, and the incident was unplanned and almost an accident. One of the plane’s jets failed on approach, was re-started, and the pilot almost overshot the carrier. The pilot managed to catch the last wire and hit the crash barrier at the end of the deck.

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The late Glenn Frey was born 68 years ago today. (He died in January.)

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Sally Field is 70 today. Michael Cunningham is 64. Maria Shriver is 61. Trace Beaulieu is 58. Ethan Hawke is 46.

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One comment

  1. loisajay · November 6, 2016

    Oh, Glenn Frey….he would have enjoyed the Boys of Summer this year. Happy Sunday, Mark.

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